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My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen was my first dive into a Finnish author’s work and I am hooked. It’s not quite a cozy mystery, a step above to my mind, not the least of which is because Maria Kallio is no amateur sleuth. She’s a young police detective on her first real murder case.…… Continue reading My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Book Review)

Confession: I am not a Steinbeck fan. Or at least, I wasn’t. Maybe it was too many years at too young an age reading Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. I’ve often wondered what I might think of both those books now versus on the English teacher’s “must be read” list of junior…… Continue reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Book Review)

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My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins (Guest Reviewer Oana Pauna)

Since I am a lucky book contest participant, I won this 50 RON gift card to one library in my country, Romania. Now I have become a full-time freelancer in less than two months, I decided I should simultaneously work and read to get some new knowledge. I am working as a copywriter both in…… Continue reading My Life in Advertising by Claude Hopkins (Guest Reviewer Oana Pauna)

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Final book in All Souls Trilogy (Audiobook Review)

Happy Easter! I know it may seem strange to write this review of the third book of the All Souls Trilogy today, but it occurred to me, it’s not so out of place as I at first thought. This trilogy has been about preconceived notions, misconceptions, love, duty to family, acceptance, tolerance, and faith. When…… Continue reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Final book in All Souls Trilogy (Audiobook Review)

Freelance Writing · Poetry and Prose

I’m Gonna Live to Be 102

When I was in my late twenties, I attempted to get a life insurance policy. They said I was too much of a risk. This is my answer to that agent and anyone who wonders just how long this life may go on. I’m gonna live to be 102 How do I know? How do…… Continue reading I’m Gonna Live to Be 102

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A Promise Kept

If you missed yesterday’s post, here’s a quick recap. In 1984, I sat at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome, and wept. Why? I was too exhausted to take another step. My second heart surgery awaited me, and I was sure this would be my one chance to ‘see the world’. But, it…… Continue reading A Promise Kept

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I Made a Promise to Myself

It was the summer of 1984, not long after my eleventh birthday, and my first trip across the Atlantic would shape my world in ways I never thought possible. We’d been riding in a motorcoach, walked miles all over Rome, and at the base of the Spanish Steps, I stopped. I was exhausted and needed…… Continue reading I Made a Promise to Myself

Freelance Writing · Poetry and Prose

A Child of the World

I was eleven when my grandmother (seated directly behind me) presented a special Christmas gift to my family. She wanted to take everyone to Europe for a 3-week whirlwind tour. Twenty-one countries in twenty-one days. Then, it was a dream. Something I didn’t even know was on my bucket list. It would take two or…… Continue reading A Child of the World

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Living The Promise in the Dash

Last week, in the mail, I received a box. It was a birthday gift from my Dad and what I found inside was priceless. The first on-board to help me tell this story, he rounded up one of my old photo albums, and though they were tucked behind cellophane sheets, I could still feel the…… Continue reading Living The Promise in the Dash

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Future Freelancer in the Making

When I say I started writing young, I mean it. See picture above. My first ever story, I now know, is called micro-fiction, was written at age seven. But, my first love is poetry. Maybe it’s the need to get things down on paper all at once. Maybe its the cadence of the lines and…… Continue reading Future Freelancer in the Making